WorkforceGPS Newsletter

September 2018 Newsletter

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Happy Fall!

As we welcome the fall season, this month we turn our attention to the serious issue of opioid addiction and the impact it has on the workforce and workplace and how the public workforce system and employers are responding to this crisis.  We are also excited to share with you an opportunity to participate in a peer-to-peer team challenge aimed at increasing access to high-quality workforce services for individuals with disabilities. 

Finally, we highlight some materials that have been developed as part of National Deaf Awareness Month (occurring annually each September) that are aimed at assisting deaf individuals succeed in the workplace.  Both the peer-to-peer challenge and the highlighted materials are especially relevant and worth sharing as next month, October, is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Resources to Assist in Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

Over the past couple of years, widespread abuse and addiction to opioids painkillers and illicit opioids has increased greatly, negatively impacting all facets of our country, including the workplace.  Public workforce development professionals are on the front lines of this crisis in helping to address this nationwide problem and finding ways to reintegrate workers affected by opioid abuse and addiction.

To assist workforce development professionals in this effort, the WorkforceGPS Team has compiled a number of resources, including fact sheets, technical assistance tools, and case studies of effective responses.  These materials have been organized on one resource page and will be updated as we identify more resources.  Addressing this ongoing crisis is a high priority for the Department of Labor, and we hope these items will be useful to you.

Workforce Innovation Cohort Challenge

In an effort to increase access to high-quality workforce services for individuals with disabilities, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is providing an opportunity to state and local workforce systems to participate in three peer-to-peer cohort teams on the following topics: 1) Accessibility; 2) Customer Service; and 3) Employer Engagement. For more information about this exciting opportunity and how to apply, click here.

National Deaf Awareness Month

September is National Deaf Awareness Month. Communities throughout the country are organizing events and activities to increase awareness of deaf issues, people, and culture. One way ETA is contributing is by highlighting Workplace Resources for the Deaf on WorkforceGPS.


Take care!


Featured Content

  • America's Promise - Individual Success Stories: This page showcases the successes of the America's Promise participants through their individual stories. **New Grantee Success Story!** Northern Wyoming Community College District is addressing the needs of participants so they can successfully complete their educational programs and achieve their career goals.
  • SWFI Bright Ideas Brief June 2018: This brief presents Bright Ideas that Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI) grantees have been using to deliver program and system services between May 2018 and June 2018. The topics covered in the brief include child care; employment activities; program design, practices, and approaches; and training or education.
  • Business 30-Second Training Series and Resource Guide: The Business 30-Second Training Series and complementary Business Resource Guide were developed with a business focus and designed to educate businesses, hiring managers and supervisors about proven strategies and easy-to-use resources that can assist in retaining and accommodating existing employees who experience onset of a disability.
  • Helping Underserved Populations Achieve Post-Secondary Success: A postsecondary degree or credential is increasingly necessary for success in today's job market. That said, postsecondary attainment by underrepresented students continues to lag when compared to their peers. These resources provide recommendations and evidence to help policymakers increase rates of graduation and credential attainment among low-income and underprepared students, including immigrants, ex-offenders, opportunity youth, and adults without high school credentials.

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The WorkforceGPS Team
Helping You Navigate to Success Today

U.S. Department of Labor
Employment & Training Administration
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